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Blago gets pension money

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:37:15 CST
By: AP

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will have $107,367 from his pension to give his wife and daughters as he heads off to prison later this month. US District Judge James Zagel ordered Illinois turn over $21,800 from Blagojevich's $129,167.86 in state retirement plan contributions to satisfy a $20,000 fine and $1,800 in court costs levied when the Democrat was sentenced on a corruption conviction. After Blagojevich in December received a 14 year sentence, Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion that the ex-governor couldn't collect a state pension. Blagojevich is eligible for the pension he earned during six years in Congress. Blagojevich was sentenced on 18 corruption-related counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

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